At the start of the season we named our ten players to watch in 2011, so with the Championship taking a backseat to T20 for the next couple of weeks now seems an apt time to summarise their progress.
So in order of ascending performance, here is the first of three posts over the next few days:
10. Adam Lyth (Yorkshire) (Championship: 336 runs at 25.84, CB40: 106 runs at 21.20, SR 71.62)
The most disappointing of our ten thus far. Lyth started 2010 like a train, but the first half of this season has been completely different. A top Championship score of 64 and only two other fifties in 14 innings is a poor return. Especially for a batsman lauded as an England prospect by shrewd judges like Boycott and Vaughan. Lyth’s slide has mirrored that of his county, who are languishing in the bottom three of Division 1.
Verdict: E+ - Will be hoping that T20 sparks a dramatic reversal in fortunes.
9. Jos Buttler (Somerset) (Championship: 174 runs at 17.40, CB40: 185 runs, no average, SR 138.05)
It has been a season of contrasting fortunes to date for Buttler. In the Championship he has struggled with a top score of 61 in 11 innings. Whilst in the CB40 he is yet to be dismissed in four innings and has smashed two fifties including a belligerent 94 not out off only 56 balls against Notts. Injury to Craig Kieswetter handed him an opportunity to show what he can do with the gloves.
Verdict: D - must improve in the longer form of the game, but if he keeps up his limited overs form could be a long shot for an England call.
8. Danny Briggs (Hampshire) (Championship: 19 wickets at 37.47, CB40: 4 wickets at 50.75, ER 5.69)
Has showed further evidence of his promise in what has been a deeply disappointing season for Hampshire to date with Championship five-fers against Durham and Somerset. Briggs's call-up to the Lions side ahead of Rashid and Panesar showed how high he is rated by the selectors.
Verdict: C- – Will likely fare better on later season wickets in tandem with Imran Tahir now that the latter has returned from injury.
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